Post-PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006 Interviews
Pride Fighting Championships:
Yoshida tried to stand with you. What did you think about that?
Thanks to him, I was able to fight my own fight. Yoshida is a judo player and he's a strong grappler, so it was very good for me that he decided to come out striking.
What do you feel was the reason for your win?
As Yoshida said in a previous interview, mental strength is important. I think it was that mental strength. I received the offer on the 23rd and I wasn't able to train for him but I did my best.
Did you sense anything odd when Yoshida fell out of the ring?
Yes, Yoshida wasn't moving after he fell out of the ring. I thought the referee would stop the fight but he didn't. I had used a lot of energy already, but I was still able to find some strength.
What is shaved into your head?
It says MEGA PUNK. My hair grows quickly, so it might be difficult to read.
What are your goals for next year?
2006 was a strange year. I lost to Fujita after a six-month layoff following the last New Year's Eve. I was pretty depressed over that but I'm glad that I beat Yoshida today. I'm also glad that the fans supported me.